Spring has sprung, and the weather continues to get nicer. With the quarantine and stay-at-home order still in effect in Massachusetts, many are looking for safe social distance trails to hike during this time period.
We’ve gathered some great spots in the city and nearby to walk and hike, but before heading out, make sure you double-check the trail’s website and social media handles to make sure it’s still open during this time period.
The Emerald Necklace: This seven-mile staple in the heart of the city extends into Brookline. It passes through beautiful gardens, a wildflower meadow, the Arboretum and a zoo. It’s easy to access via public transit, so you can hop on and off the trail as you please.
Chestnut Hill Reservoir: The scenic reservoir expands 1.5 miles and is paved, perfect for a walk, jog or bike ride. The loop is an easy walk and has great views of the Boston skyline and Boston College.
Jamaica Pond: The perfect walk for all skill levels, the scenic 1.5-mile loop is the best beginning April until October. It’s a great trail to walk or run on, and extremely dog friendly.
Battle Road Trail: This five-mile trail connects historic sites in Concord and Lexington. Learn some history during your walk by visiting this scenic trail.
William J. Day Boulevard: Just this Saturday, the Department of Conservation and Recreation announced that they’d close vehicular traffic beginning Friday at dusk to help encourage social distancing. The state is urging people to only visit parks that are close to home and to limit excursions to short periods of time.
Freedom Trail: A tourist-favorite, the Freedom Trail will absolutely be as free as it’s ever been. Take advantage of the quiet city during this time and follow the red-brick road around the three-mile historic walk, past the sites of the American Revolution.
Breakheart Reservation: Just north of Boston, the Breakheart Reservation is a beautiful trail that circles two lakes and forms loops around the Saugus River.
Mt. Auburn Cemetary: This cemetery is one first garden cemeteries in the country, and no need to be spooked: it’s stunning with old headstones and beautiful landscapes. It’s quiet and a great place to walk to clear your head.
The Charles River Reservation: A beautiful trail that’s perfect for walking, running or bike riding and stretches twenty miles up the river from the Boston Harbor on both Boston and Cambridge sides. You’ll find beautiful blooming trees and views of the Boston skyline (hint: best view is in front of the MIT campus).
Arnold Arboretum: A botanical research institution, the Arnold Arboretum is a free public park in Jamaica Plain. It boasts the title of North America’s first public arboretum and is managed by Harvard University. While there, walk to the top of Peter’s Hill, the highest point in the Emerald Necklace which provides a beautiful view of the Boston skyline.
Blue Hills: Just twenty minutes from Boston, Blue Hills offers more than 125 trails for all levels. If you’re feeling adventurous, the six-mile Skyline Loop will have you sweating and even climbing over some rocks, but the view of the Boston skyline is worth it.
As a reminder, make sure to check before heading out to one of these trails, due to the ever-changing updates due to COVID-19. Share any of your favorite and social-distancing safe trails with us below!